The year was 2009, it was my junior year of College at the University of South Florida, and I was a youth minister for the evangelical para-church outreach ministry Young Life. Raised in a proudly Republican middle-class family in the suburbs of New Tampa, religion was no foreign subject. At the age of 16 I converted to Christianity at a small Southern Baptist church made up of blue-collar conservatives.
Youth group and High School Debate club formed my early years. It wasn’t until college that I was invited to a Young Life club, where I fell in love with the humor and joy in their presentation of “the gospel.” I simultaneously began taking religious students and gender studies classes – they wrecked my world, each and every semester. It was a slippery slope and I was enjoying the ride!